Research Guide: Biology

Background Information

More books on biology can be found in sections QH, QK, and QL.

Cambridge Encyclopedia of Human Evolution REF GN 281 .C345 1992
Conservation and Environmentalism: An Encyclopedia REF GE 10 .C68 1995
Dictionary of Biology Online Only
Dictionary of Ecology Online Only
Dictionary of Plant Sciences Online Only
Dictionary of Zoology Online Only
Encyclopedia of Bioethics REF QH 332. E 52 2004
Encyclopedia of Endangered Species REF QH 75 .A1 E53 1994
Encyclopedia of Evolution REF QH 360.2 .83 2002
Encyclopedia of Genetics REF QH 427 .E54 2001
Encyclopedia of Life Sciences REF QH 302.5 E 53 2002
Encyclopedia of Microbiology REF QR 9 .E53 2000
Environmental Encyclopedia REF GE 10 .58 2003
Synopsis and Classification of Living Organisms REF QH83 .S89

Journal Articles


Agricola is one of the best sources of information on agriculture and botany in existence.


The arXiv includes preprints of academic papers in the fields of mathematics, physics, computer science, quantitative biology and statistics.

BioMed Central

This is an online journal archive that contains thousands of articles on biology and medicine. Free registration is required to view the articles.


BioOne can be used to locate articles on all topics in biology: microbiology, zoology, botany, evolution, and more.


Greenwire can be used to locate articles on ecology and conservation.


JSTOR is a journal archive that can be used to locate articles on all topics in biology.

Nature Precedings

Created by Nature Publishing, this database provides access to preprints of academic papers in genetics, biology, microbiology, and more.

ScienceDirect Life and Health Sciences

This database contains thousands of scholarly articles on a wide variety of topics in biology, zoology, animal behavior, and more.

Web Sites

General Biology

Biology Project

Created by the University of Arizona Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics, this site contains definitions and tutorials to explain biological concepts like mitosis and genetics.

Biology Web Resources

Maintained by Westfield College Library, this site contains links to high quality sites on medical and microbiology, evolution, environmental studies, taxonomy, zoology, and more.


Maintained by the National Science Foundation and other national organizations, this site presents the latest in biology research in the form of seminars. This site covers the full range of biology from microbiology to ecology to health biology and much more.

National Center for Biotechnology Information

The NCBI is a clearing house for articles, fact sheets, and government documents about genetics, microbiology, health, and related topics.

Wolfram Alpha

This new search engine can be used to find the answers to factual questions and can solve mathematical and engineering problems, look up scientific animal names, and much more.


Understanding Evolution

This site contains information on evolutionary research from Darwin up to current biologists.

Writings of Charles Darwin on the Web

This site contains online copies (HTML and digital scans) of the works of Charles Darwin including On The Origin of Species, The Voyage of the Beagle, and more.


All the Virology on the www

This comprehensive and well-organized site covers the field of virology. Diagrams and colorful images abound, and are clear and informative. A terrific featured section, the "Big Picture Book of Viruses," has fantastic color pictures of many viruses and substantial information on each virus family.

Genetics Education Center

Everything anyone ever wanted to know about genetics and the Human Genome Project is included in this site, constructed with the educator in mind and navigable by any interested viewer.

Saccharomyces Genome Database

This is a scientific database of the molecular biology and genetics of the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae, which is commonly known as baker's or budding yeast.

Talking Glossary of Genetic Terms

This glossary contains thorough definitions of genetics terms, along with audio content by biologists to explain and elaborate on them.


This database provides comprehensive, high-quality and freely accessible resource of protein sequence and functional information.


Academy of Natural Sciences

The collections in this library are brief online exhibits on various themes. Some exhibits feature digitized plates, many in color, from important 18th to 20th century books on insects, plants, fish, elephants, mollusks, reptiles, and birds.


ARKive is a freely accessible online repository of digital images of animal and plant species from around the globe.

Census of Marine Life

This site is the result of a decade-long international research program that has been assessing and explaining the diversity, distribution, and abundance of marine organisms throughout the world's oceans.

Endangered Species Program

This site provides varied information about threatened and endangered species. The ESA and What We Do sections thoroughly describe the Endangered Species Program's mission and services.

Encyclopedia of Life

This is a cooperative encyclopedia of plant, animal, and microorganism species.

Entomology index of Internet Resources

The goal of this site is to organize entomological informational resources on the Internet to allow easy location. searches over 36 databases and 1,850 selected websites, offering 200 million pages of authoritative U.S. government science information, including research and development results.

Tree of Life Web Project

This source can be used to identify the relationships between plant and animal species. This site is being constantly updated with new species.

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